Uruguay Basics: Money – Use Debit Cards to pay less. Still worth it in 2018

Best way to save money on what you spend in Uruguay, whether visiting or living here, resident or tourist? Use your debit cards for anything and everything you can. Not cash, and except in two cases, not credit cards. That’s the TL;DR basics indeed. The rest of this article is, to be honest, not all that “basic” but that’s the concept – Debit Card plastic payments give you a lot of savings in Uruguay, and no, not just the “tourist rebate” you might read about elsewhere (and further in to this very article too!)

2018 Update: Still good this year too, though the tax rebate on everyday purchases has dropped back to the permanent 2% from last year’s temporary bonus.

The 4% instant rebate on all debit cards, foreign or domestic, is was back for 2017! Up from “only” 2% 2016 and 3% 2015. Back for the first half of 2017 to the original late-2014 bonus.

We’re going to explain it. As well as suggest some particularly good debit cards to have if you live here. But the discount works with any debit cards. This isn’t our long-awaited full “Money Basics” article, nor our longer-awaited “Law of Financial Inclusion” article. It’s a “Pull that Debit Visa out of your wallet and start spending on it” article. (But of course including some of our normal “attitude”!) Because that’s the cheapest way to make your money go further here in Uruguay. What’s that you say?  Isn’t that just for tourists? And only for a few specific things?

No. Not at all. That’s a different law. Continue reading Uruguay Basics: Money – Use Debit Cards to pay less. Still worth it in 2018

Top-Class Care in “Eisenhower’s America” – Our Healthcare in Uruguay series continues

Our Getting Healthcare in Uruguay series continues. Today, as the top featured article at International Living Magazine and Website. Uruguay Expat Life / Uruguay For Me co-founder and co-owner Lisa Marie Mercer is an author for International Living. In this case, she also was the designated research subject!

Top-Class Care in “Eisenhower’s America”.

Yes, you still can get a “house call” in Uruguay. You also can get an ambulance transfer from your local polyclinic, with a physician in it, not just a paramedic, to rush you to a major medical center, and get a half-dozen tests done in one night. Then wake up and say “where the heck am I?” Read the rest at Uruguay Expat Life…

7 international health-care havens for retirees – from MarketWatch (and us!)

7 international health-care havens for retirees – Slide Show – MarketWatch.

MarketWatch logoThe Wall Street Journal sister site MarketWatch knows that Uruguay is one of the top affordable places in the world for affordable healthcare.

How do they know that? Well, because Uruguay Expat Life’s own Lisa Marie Mercer told them! She’s quoted in the linked article, with the comparison between the hundreds monthly and thousands annually in the USA for insurance, vs the low-cost high-quality membership in one of the medical “mutalistas” here in Uruguay.

Getting Health Insurance in Uruguay: Part 2 – Management Election Day!

Voting for who runs your health care provider. Meaningful voting. Wow, I really am in a foreign country!

(Here is Part 1 of our occasional series on getting health care in Uruguay.)

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Asociación Española central location in Montevideo

I just now picked up this news from the Montevideo Portal website, a Spanish-language commercial news and services hub:
Elecciones en la Asociación Española Usted decide / Montevideo Portal – www.montevideo.com.uy. Got it from this Tweet.


Here is the “Marcos Translate” version (and lots more about the many health care options in Uruguay, after the break):

Continue reading Getting Health Insurance in Uruguay: Part 2 – Management Election Day!

You Can Do It – there is support and inspiration!

If you are reading our blog, following our Facebook Page (you are, right? www.facebook.com/UruguayExpatLife) or our Google+ Page, you probably are thinking about picking up and moving.

Be honest, you are. Maybe not to Uruguay. Maybe not to settle in a new place, but to regularly explore the world. Maybe I shouldn’t say “thinking” but rather “dreaming”, “imagining”, “wishing” or similar non-action words. That’s ok, that is in fact great, the imagining, wishing, longing, hoping, is the start of what you need to find where your next adventure lies.

But it is daunting, especially when you next start to think (and overthink) all the things you must do and the things that you feel will hold you back. Soon you feel you cannot consider it, it is “unrealistic”, it is for “someday”.

Bah-humbug! I can’t tell you if the time is now for your particular life, but I can tell you that if you truly do want it, you can and will find a way.

Forest sun through trees labeled "There's Nothing Stopping You But Yourself"

In part, because there is help out there, here in the virtual world – a vast network of help. Some of it free, some of it paid, at various rates, much of it “pay it forward”. On our blogroll we have a number of great sites like Sabine Panneau’s Anywhere in the World, Tim Anderson’s Marginal Boundaries, Natalie Sisson’s The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

Today I want to introduce you to another one I just discovered from Natalie’s site, Amy Scott’s Nomadtopia. Continue reading You Can Do It – there is support and inspiration!